Student election

Details about the election of one (1) member of the University Council by the students.

2018 Student Member Election declaration of result

Election of ONE (1) Student Member to the University Council

The result of the 2018 Student election that closed at 5pm on 17 October 2018 is:

Candidate and votes received

  • LAWRENCE, Hugo—1,462
  • TARIQ, Hassan—321
  • LIU, Pengfei—279
  • LIU, Francis—91

The voter return was 10.16%, being 2,159 votes cast from 21,253 eligible electors.

Hugo Lawrence will be formally appointed to Council at its 29 October meeting for a two year term from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020.

Expressions of interest for candidates in the election of ONE student member to the University Council for a two year term from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020 closed on Thursday 20 September 2018 at 5pm.

There are four candidates for the position. In accordance with clause 2.6 of the Council Elections Procedure, where the number of candidates received exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, there will be an election for the position.


Electronic voting

The Student election will be conducted electronically. The candidates will be elected according to the votes cast by the first past the post voting system.

Voting instructions will be sent on Monday 8 October 2018 with the polls closing at 5pm on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

The voting site is an external site on a secure server owned by, which the University has contracted to handle the voting process. Voters will be able to view profiles of the candidates and information on the voting procedure on the website before submitting their vote.

Further information

A strong student perspective around the Council table is critical to ensuring an effective, high-performing Council and enabling that Council to adapt successfully to changes in the tertiary education environment. The Nominations Panel is tasked with ensuring that there is an appropriate mix of knowledge, skills, experience and diversity on Council so as to ensure the Council is capable of undertaking its responsibilities, duties and functions.

The Nominations Panel expects that Candidates in the student election will identify which of the below knowledge, skills and experience they would bring to the Council.

  • Strategic/critical thinking ability.
  • Understanding of, and a commitment to, the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of the tertiary education sector (including teaching, nature and function of research, and international developments).
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience in governance and senior management roles.
  • Commercial acumen and achievement.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience in the application of technology relevant to the tertiary sector.
  • Experience in developing additional funding sources such as philanthropy, research commercialisation etc.
  • High-level public sector policy development experience.
  • Established and up-to-date professional networks in Wellington and beyond.
  • Appropriate professional skills and experience (including financial management).
  • Experience in innovation, entrepreneurship and creative thinking.
  • Understanding of, and a commitment to, the role and purpose of universities and to the values of Victoria University of Wellington.

To find out more

These elections are governed by the Council Membership Statute, the Council Elections Procedure and the Nominations Panel Term of Reference For more information please contact: